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The European Union has 28 member states, 17 of which are on the common currency. Founded through a string of treaties beginning in the 1950s, the EU has developed its own economic, political and legal policies. Taken as a whole, the EU is the world's largest economy.

Spotlight on Schulz: Merkel Rival Criticized for Role in Dubious Staff Perks

Spotlight on Schulz: Merkel Rival Criticized for Role in Dubious Staff Perks

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 21, 2017

European Parliament officials in Brussels are criticizing Angela Merkel's only real rival in upcoming German elections. Martin Schulz stands accused of circumventing standard channels to grant lucrative perks to his staff -- at the expense of taxpayers. By Peter Müller and Christian Reiermann more... Comment ]

Looking Beyond NATO: Europe Must Plan to Defend Itself

Looking Beyond NATO: Europe Must Plan to Defend Itself

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 17, 2017

Europe has long relied on America for its defense. But that era is rapidly coming to an end. It is time for a stronger European defense alliance that is less dependent on the U.S. and more capable of asserting its own interests with Russia and Turkey. A DER SPIEGEL Editorial by Christiane Hoffmann more... Comment ]


NATO Funding Target: U.S. Pressures Germany to Increase Defense Spending

NATO Funding Target: U.S. Pressures Germany to Increase Defense Spending

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 17, 2017

Washington is threatening consequences if NATO member states don't increase their defense spending. Germany is the primary focus of the demand. But the Defense Ministry in Berlin is already having trouble spending the money it currently has at its disposal. By Konstantin von Hammerstein and Peter Müller more... Comment ]

Europe at a Crossroads: 'The Pacifist Streak in German Politics Is a Problem'

Europe at a Crossroads: 'The Pacifist Streak in German Politics Is a Problem'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 17, 2017

The future of NATO and trans-Atlantic relations will be at the top of the agenda at the Munich Security Conference, which begins on Friday. British political scientist Anthony Glees says that Germany must become a "muscular democracy" and take the lead in Europe. Interview Conducted by Markus Becker more... Comment ]


The Greater Evil: France's Bumbling Search for a Candidate to Stop Le Pen

The Greater Evil: France's Bumbling Search for a Candidate to Stop Le Pen

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 10, 2017

In the race for the French presidency, one candidate after the other has stumbled. Conservative François Fillon's campaign is the latest to come undone after reports of financial irregularities involving his wife. Who will be the one to stand up to Marine Le Pen? By Ullrich Fichtner more... Comment ]

Opinion: It's High Time for a European Broadcasting Service

Opinion: It's High Time for a European Broadcasting Service

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 10, 2017

Propaganda spreads faster on social media than serious information and we've just experienced what an election looks like in the post-factual world. The European Union should launch its own broadcasting channel to counter the lies, draw Europe together and defend democracy. By Jakob von Weizsäcker and André Wilkens more... Comment ]


Tumultuous Times: 'Political Uncertainty Has Doubled Around the World'

Tumultuous Times: 'Political Uncertainty Has Doubled Around the World'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 23, 2017

In an interview, Stanford economist Nicholas Bloom, 43, discusses the era of political uncertainty that has been unleashed with Donald Trump's presidency and Britain's decision to leave the European Union. Interview Conducted by Peter Müller more... Comment ]

Money, Money Everywhere: Why Does the EU Get Such a Bad Rap?

Money, Money Everywhere: Why Does the EU Get Such a Bad Rap?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 23, 2017

Has the EU really lost touch with its citizens? Is it unable to improve people's lives? Yes and no. Across Europe, EU money flows from Brussels into thousands of projects and ideas. Why does nobody notice? By Ullrich Fichtner more... Comment ]


Theresa May's Brexit Plan: I Want, I Want, I Want

Theresa May's Brexit Plan: I Want, I Want, I Want

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 18, 2017

Theresa May wanted to show a friendly yet tough face to her country's European allies. But her Brexit speech showed one thing above all: The British prime minister is blind to reality. A Commentary by Christoph Scheuermann more... Comment ]

Web of Dependencies: A Whiff of Corruption in Orbán's Hungary

Web of Dependencies: A Whiff of Corruption in Orbán's Hungary

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 17, 2017

In order to consolidate his power, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is creating a corrupt oligarchy in Hungary. He's also letting his family and friends in on the lucrative action. By Jan Puhl more... Comment ]